“Short cuts make long delays.” J.R.R. Tolkien
23 days into the new year and I’ve already picked up on a few lessons. I don’t usually bother with New Year’s resolutions; as I sometimes like to go with the flow. Although it’s good to plan ahead, sometimes life doesn’t go according to YOUR plan, especially if GOD has something else in store for you.
This year, I’ve made a commitment to a small number of goals, but big ones at that. As I mentioned in my last blog post, it is better to start off that way, so you can dedicate more time and attention to each goal (that way, you’re likely to succeed).
Below is a list of my top 5 lessons (so far) I’ve learnt so far…
1. Shortcuts– I remember when I first started blogging, I was completely lost on where to begin. Because I was doing it on my own, I had to guide myself in every way. Although I’m still on the journey to become a better me (in my career), I’ve learnt that shortcuts don’t always work. I’d rather trust God’s timing and allow things to happen naturally, instead of rushing to get to the top and having it all blow up in my face. I always talk about how the fashion industry moves at such a fast pace. Just like every other industry, everyone is aiming to get to the top. This industry is also a tough one which requires you to have thick skin, in order to overcome the obstacles. As of now, I have a small following (compared to others) but a very active one. And I think thats far better than having a ton of followers with little or no interaction. As crazy as this may seem to others, at times I enjoy the challenges too; simply because they push me drive me towards my goals.
2. Strength– In the past, I’ve always emphasised on the power of your own strength. If you’re working on building a brand (especially on your own), you need to use your tools wisely. Sometimes we don’t even realise how strong we are until we’re faced with a difficult obstacle. And at times, we don’t realise it at all. We end up giving in at the first hurdle and pointing the blame in many other directions. As I said in point 1, the challenges strengthen me and push me closer towards my goal. Mental strength is just as (in some cases more) important as the physical too. I always say to myself that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Such an overused and popular bible verse, yet an effective one!! The key is to use your strength wisely!
3. Authenticity– It’s easy to get side tracked (or fall completely off track) at times. And yes, the most important thing is, picking yourself up and getting on with things but at times, that becomes a difficult task too. Being an authentic content creator is my main aim. And I’m really glad I realised this now, rather than later. Over the past two years, I found myself drifting towards a style of writing and styling which I wasn’t familiar with. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try different things however, when you’re confident and comfortable with your style, its best to stick to it. I believe that my minimal style and neutral hues is why my readers/followers have remained loyal so far. This year, I’ve made it my aim to revert back to my signature style. It was all well and good, trying out different trends but honestly, I didn’t feel myself.
4. Living Your Truth– This is honestly, what brings me happiness and it relates to my previous point about staying true to yourself. Again in the past, I’ve tried to include various characteristics into daily life and it all fell flat in my face. What was I thinking? I am who I am for a reason and my flaws as well as my perfections is what makes me the unique being that I am. Furthermore, its impossible to keep up with something that isn’t for you. How long can you maintain a false personality or character. It’s too much work and it doesn’t bring any joy or blessings.
5. Relationships- My final point is one that I’m so excited to work on. Building new relationships and meeting new people used to frighten me. I always vowed that I’ll keep my circle as tight and close as possible without letting anyone else in…no matter what the circumstances are. But in time, I’ve learnt that networking and building new relationships also comes with growth. It’s all about experiences and if a relationship isn’t healthy, surely you’ll come to realise that as time goes by; but you wouldn’t know unless you take the risk. I’m not saying that 2018 is the year for me to recruit a bunch of new friends every week but on the other hand, to draw away from the idea of being extremely antisocial.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post. X
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